HOUSTON: July 22, 2019. Universal Africa Lines (UAL), an ocean carrier specialising in project cargo, breakbulk and containers, has included a call at Port Houston’s City Docks as part of its U.S. Gulf/Mexico to West Africa liner service.

UALUAL operates two to three sailings per month direct from Houston to West Africa. Specialising in the oil and gas industry, the company also has a fleet of 4,000 containers including reefers, high cubes, open tops and flat racks with the ability to provide a multitude of shipping options including door-to-door service.

“Port Houston is excited about our new partnership with UAL and that they are entrusting us with their services here at the port’s city docks,” said Dominic Sun, director of Trade Development for Port Houston. “We look forward to working with UAL in providing them, along with their ultimate customers, with the best customer experience possible here at Port Houston.”

UAL says it chose Port Houston due to the available dedicated laydown area for project cargoes and berth availability, both of which provided added flexibility to UAL’s multipurpose fleet that has carried shipments from helicopters to subsea trees.

“UAL is grateful for the partnership we have been able to establish with Port Houston and thank everyone involved for their efforts during this transition; we are looking forward to a long-lasting relationship that offers growth potential for UAL,” added Dianna Knight, president UAL America.

UAL’s West Africa schedule currently includes Mauritania: Nouakchott, Nouadhibou; Ghana: Takoradi, with Tema on inducement; Cameroon: Douala; Equatorial Guinea: K5/Malabo and Luba, Bata on inducement; Nigeria: Onne Port, Brawal, and Warri, with Lagos on inducement; Gabon: Pt. Gentil; Congo: Pt. Noire; Democratic Republic of the Congo: Banana; Angola: Luanda and Soyo with Lobito and Porto Amboim on inducement.